James “Jim” Egan died Thursday, March 12, 2020, at the Veterans’ Administration Hospice Care in St. Cloud. He was 78.
The celebration of life gathering is postponed until it is once again safe to travel and gather. For more information, please follow Jim Egan Tribute Group on Facebook.
James P. Egan was a loving husband, dad, father-in-law, papa, grandpa, brother, uncle, and a friend to all. He was the best dad to his five kids and their families. He was a selfless and generous family man, never stopping until everyone had what they needed – whether it be a laugh or a meal. From gadgets to events, he had a talent for modifying and maximizing, turning good things into great things. He will be forever and greatly missed by all who loved him.
Jim never met a stranger he didn’t befriend. He was strongly admired for his work ethic and his I-can-help attitude. A graduate of Eden Valley High School, Jim joined the Army and later graduated from Mankato State with his Bachelor of Science degree. He worked for 3M for more than 30 years (in New Ulm and Maplewood), making a difference in countless lives as an engineering recruiter in Human Resources. He enjoyed spending time with family, singing (Concord Singers, 3M Chorus, Cold Spring Maennerchor, or anywhere with anyone, really), and volunteering (10 years as president of Sauk River Chain of Lakes Association, Stearns County Coalition of Lakes Associations, American Legion, Eden Valley High School Reunion Committee). Jim was a master party planner and could pull together a feast to admire.
Those left to cherish Jim’s memory include the love of his life and apple of his eye, Kathy (née Becker) Egan; son Mike (and Sharon) Egan of White Bear Lake; and four daughters Lori (and Rick) Anderson of Hugo, Lisa (and Dan) Pehrson of San Diego, Calif., Eileen Johnson of Albuquerque, NM., and Emily (and Matt) Wilkie of Champlin; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; two sisters Patty (and Jon) Kummet, and Delores (and Tom) Stafford; as well as a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews.
If you wish to make a donation in memory of Jim, please consider the Cold Spring Maennerchor Scholarship Fund or the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements were by Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.